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This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position was adopted by the House of Delegates Leadership Team on October 26, 1986, and reaffirmed on September 11, 1993; September 12, 1997; July 23, 2002; May 17, 2007; and February 2014. This position is in effect until December 31, 2025. Position Papers should not be used to indicate endorsement of products or services. All requests to use portions of the position or republish in its entirety must be directed to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at [email protected]
Author: Sara E. Benjamin-Neelon, PhD, JD, RDN (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD).
STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.
FUNDING/SUPPORT The author received no funding for this article.
Reviewers: School Nutrition Services dietetic practice group (Christina Brumme, MPH, RDN, LD, Cartersville City School System, Cartersville, GA); Sharon Denny, MS, RD (retired; formerly with the Academy Knowledge Center, Chicago, IL); Jennifer Folliard, MPH, RDN (formerly with the Academy Policy Initiatives & Advocacy, Washington, DC); Amanda Gallaher, MPH, RD (Association for Child Development, East Lansing, MI); Betty Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD (Portland State University, Portland, OR); Pediatric Nutrition dietetic practice group (Colleen McGonigal, RD, LDN, Philadelphia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, Infants, and Children, Philadelphia, PA); Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, LD, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston); Sherri N. Stastny, PhD, RD, CSSD, LRD (North Dakota State University, Fargo); and Mary Rozga, PhD, RDN (Academy Research, International, and Scientific Affairs, Chicago, IL).
Academy Positions Committee Workgroup: Cindy Kanarek Culver, MS, RDN, LD (Marietta City Schools, School Nutrition, Marietta, GA) (chair); Mary Kay Meyer, PhD, RDN, FAND (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa); Nurgul Fitzgerald, PhD, MS, RDN (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick); Sonia Cotto-Moreno, MPH, RDN, LD (consultant and trainer for Dietitians Balance Health, San Antonio, TX) (content advisor).
The author thanks the reviewers for their many constructive comments and suggestions. The reviewers were not asked to endorse this position or the supporting paper.